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25 Golf Courses That Other Golfers Recommend to You in 2024

By: Kieran Clark | Wed 19 Jun 2024

Every year, thousands of golfers seek out to play special courses for the opportunity to experience somewhere truly unforgettable. 

If that description fits you at the moment, then we have inspiration for you. Having recently surveyed over 700 members of the Golfshake Community, we wanted them to identify the best layout they had played last year and to describe just what made it so memorable.

You can see the first batch of recommended venues in The Best Golf Courses That You Can Play This Year, but now we have another collection for you, showcasing 25 tracks that should be on your list to visit this season and beyond.

Below, you will see many distinguished places located throughout England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland, covering a variety of styles and reputations, but all united in coming especially advocated by everyday golfers just like you!

Perhaps you have already played some of them during your golfing lifetime - or maybe you will rediscover outstanding spots have been lingering in the back of your mind for a while that are just waiting to finally be experienced!

The Belfry - Brabazon Course

The Belfry

Location: Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.84

Survey Comments: 

  • "Everything about it was top notch."
  • "Challenging and really good condition."

Castle Stuart Golf Links (Cabot Highlands)

Castle Stuart

Location: Dalcross, Inverness, Highlands

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Survey Comments: 

  • "Great condition,very testing without being too long."
  • "Castle Stuart is a remarkable location on so many levels. A fantastic golf course which is genuinely playable for the full range of golfers."

Donegal Golf Club

Donegal Golf Club

Location: Murvagh, Laghey, Donegal

Golfshake Rating: 4.17

Survey Comments: 

  • "Challenging links."
  • "Greens were fabulous."

Fulford Golf Club

Fulford Golf Club

Location: Heslington Lane, York, North Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.69

Survey Comments: 

  • "Excellent course and food."
  • "Amazing layout, top condition."

Ganton Golf Club

Ganton Golf Club

Location: Ganton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Golfshake Rating: 5.00

Survey Comments: 

  • "Superb course with extremely challenging holes."

Golspie Golf Club

Golspie Golf Club

Location: Ferry Road, Golspie, Highlands

Golfshake Rating: 4.09

Survey Comments: 

  • "Views, greens were great. Welcome was fantastic."
  • "Great variety of holes. Six links, four heathland and eight inland."

Hankley Common Golf Club

Hankley Common Golf Club

Location: Tilford, Farnham, Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Survey Comments: 

  • "Condition, playability. No trick holes. Clubhouse and food."
  • "It's just a beautiful place to play golf and also very welcoming."

Hillside Golf Club

Hillside Golf Club

Location: Hillside, Southport, Merseyside

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Survey Comments: 

  • "Stunning views, links course and just absolutely love the place."
  • "Chance to play an amazing course and it didn't fail."

Hindhead Golf Club

Location: Churt Road, Hindhead, Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.96

Survey Comments: 

  • "Fantastic course design, great clubhouse, amazing well-tended."
  • "Beautifully manicured, challenging but fair. Great food, pro shop and welcoming."

Notts (Hollinwell) Golf Club

Notts Golf Club

Location: Hollinwell, Kirkby in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Survey Comments: 

  • "Overall course presentation, level of detail used by course staff, pace of greens, challenging layout."

Woodhall Spa Golf Club - Hotchkin Course

Woodhall Spa Golf Club

Location: The Broadway, Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Survey Comments: 

  • "A great layout."
  • "Great test of golf."

Killeen Castle

Killeen Castle

Location: Dunsany, Dunshaughlin, Meath

Golfshake Rating: 4.75

Survey Comments: 

  • "Quality of test and condition."
  • "Looks great and is a great test."

Nefyn & District Golf Club

Nefyn Golf & District

Location: Morfa Nefyn, Pwllheli, Gwynedd

Golfshake Rating: 4.61

Survey Comments: 

  • "What's not to like? Stunning scenery, immaculate condition."
  • "Fun to play, challenging but fair, unbelievably stunning scenery and views, spectacular location."

North Berwick Golf Club

North Berwick Golf Club

Location: Beach Road, North Berwick, East Lothian

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Survey Comments: 

  • "Design, variety, quirks, condition."
  • "Layout, location, condition, views and history."

Panmure Golf Club

Panmure Golf Club

Location: Burnside Road, Barry, Angus

Golfshake Rating: 4.89

Survey Comments: 

  • "Condition, history, staff and general organisation."
  • "Fantastic course with great holes and a great test of golf. The clubhouse was amazing."

Prince's Golf Club

Prince's Golf Club

Location: Prince's Drive, Sandwich, Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.92

Survey Comments: 

  • "Superb condition and atmosphere."
  • "Immaculate condition."

Royal Cromer Golf Club

Location: Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk

Golfshake Rating: 4.82

Survey Comments: 

  • "Brilliant views mixed with a fantastic course and lovely clubhouse with friendly staff."
  • "A real challenge on a top class course with fantastic views."

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Royal Porthcawl Golf Club

Location: Porthcawl, Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan

Golfshake Rating: 4.93

Survey Comments: 

  • "Traditional, quality, welcome, challenging."
  • "Outstanding condition, amazing layout and just a fantastic course."

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Royal Portrush Golf Club

Location: Bushmills Road, Portrush, County Antrim

Golfshake Rating: 4.90

Survey Comments: 

  • "World class course that rewards good shots."
  • "Just loved all of it."

Royal St George's Golf Club

Royal St George's Golf Club

Location: Clubhouse, Sandwich, Kent

Golfshake Rating: 4.88

Survey Comments: 

  • "It’s an outstanding layout and kept in first class condition."
  • "Greens and conditions."

Sherwood Forest Golf Club

Sherwood Forest Golf Club

Location: Eakring Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.94

Survey Comments: 

  • "Incredible layout, immaculate condition, tough but very fair course. The practice facilities are amazing."
  • "Great test, great condition, great layout."

Tandridge Golf Club

Tandridge Golf Club

Location: Tandridge, Oxted, Surrey

Golfshake Rating: 4.68

Survey Comments: 

  • "Great challenge, great conditions and fabulous clubhouse food."
  • "Beautiful condition, interesting, very challenging but fair."

The West Lancashire Golf Club

The West Lancashire

Location: Hall Road West, Liverpool, Merseyside

Golfshake Rating: 4.97

Survey Comments: 

  • "Brilliant layout in fantastic condition, true test."
  • "Friendly welcome, fantastic course condition."

Western Gailes Golf Club

Western Gailes Golf Club

Location: Gailes, Irvine, Ayrshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.95

Survey Comments: 

  • "Old school class links, personified tradition, history, links perfection of the highest of standard."
  • "Such an iconic layout and can be brutal in adverse weather."

Wychwood Park Golf Club

Wychwood Park Golf Club

Location: Chorlton, Crewe, Cheshire

Golfshake Rating: 4.29

Survey Comments: 

  • "A tough but fair test. Good variety of holes with outstanding par 3s. Course in great shape."

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